Liverpool beat Manchester City on penalties in New York

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Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-1 on penalties on Wednesday night in a pre-season friendly in the Champions Cup in the United States. The win means that if Liverpool beat AC Milan in their last game, they can set up a final against bitter rivals Manchester United.

The match between the two Barclays Premier League rivals could have gone some way to shaping what we can expect in next season's title race.

Both sides played a 4-4-2 formation with Liverpool starting Rickie Lambert and Daniel Sturridge up front with City starting both Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic.

Jovetic continued his good run of pre-season form by twice putting the Citizens ahead at Yankee Stadium.

However, Liverpool had other ideas with Jordan Henderson putting the Reds back on level terms after Sturridge went down in the area.

Jovetic's second goal was cancelled out by substitute Raheem Sterling, who forced penalties in the last minutes of the match.

Liverpool went on to win 3-1 on penalties, with Lucas Leiva scoring past Joe Hart to bag the deciding spot-kick.

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Brendan Rodgers tried a range of different formations throughout the match, starting with the 4-4-2 diamond formation that brought the Reds so much success last season. In the second half, Liverpool went into more of a 4-4-3 formation, eventually ending the game playing a 4-2-3-1.

Despite neither team putting out their strongest sides, the game still gave strong clues as to what we can expect from both these teams next season.

Celebrity support

Austin Powers star Mike Meyers, a massive fan of the Reds, watched on as they edged out Manchester City.

James Bond star Daniel Craig has also been in the States with Liverpool, signing autographs for fans before the game in Boston against Roma. He also joined Meyers in watching the Reds in New York.

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